Billy Bishop Airport set for Busiest Day in History in Advance of Canada 150

Approximately 30,000 passengers will travel through Billy Bishop Airport
leading up to the long weekend

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TORONTO, June 30, 2017 /CNW/ - PortsToronto, owners and operators of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Billy Bishop Airport), today announced that more than 30,000 passengers will travel through Billy Bishop Airport leading up to the Canada Day long weekend, with Friday marking the airport's single busiest day in history with more than 13,000 passengers expected. As Canada 150 celebrations ramp up across the country, the majority of Friday's flights are domestic with Billy Bishop Airport connecting 8,300 travellers to key Canadian destinations. Both Porter Airlines and Air Canada are key contributors to the high passenger numbers that will include many leisure travellers departing from and arriving in Toronto during the three-day long weekend.

"As we prepare for our busiest day in history on Friday and welcome more than 30,000 people travelling through Billy Bishop Airport between Thursday and Canada Day on Saturday, we are thrilled to welcome travellers as they begin their holiday weekend," said Gene Cabral, Executive Vice President, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and PortsToronto. "Over the course of the three days, we will welcome more passengers than we did during the entire year in 2005. Whether celebrating Canada Day in Toronto or taking off to Canada 150 celebrations in Ottawa or one of the many other cities commemorating Canada's big day, more and more people are choosing our airport for a convenient, customer-focussed travel experience from curb to gate and beyond."

Due to the high passenger volume throughout the weekend, travellers are encouraged to plan accordingly and arrive at the airport early in order to ensure a smooth trip.

About Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (https://www.portstoronto.com/airport.aspx)
Billy Bishop Airport is Canada's ninth-busiest airport and welcomed 2.7 million business and leisure travellers in 2016. The airport is also Canada's sixth-busiest airport with passenger service into the United States. Offering service to more than 20 cities in Canada and the U.S., with connection opportunities to more than 80 international destinations via our airlines' networks, Billy Bishop Airport is an important international gateway and a key driver to Toronto's economy, accounting for more than $2.1 billion in economic output each year and supporting 6,500 jobs, including 1,960 directly associated with the airport operations. The airport has recently won a series of passenger-driven awards, including being named one of the top airports in North America in both the Airports Council International's (ACI) 2015 Airport Service Quality Awards and Skytrax 2016 World Airport Awards and was ranked fourth Best International Airport by Condé Nast Traveler.

About PortsToronto (https://www.portstoronto.com)
For more than 100 years PortsToronto has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which welcomed more than 2.7 million passengers in 2016; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada's largest freshwater marinas; and, Terminals 51 and 52, which provide transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $9 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto's waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a nine-member board with representation from all three levels of government.

SOURCE PortsToronto

For further information: Media Contact: Jen Brailsford, Communications Officer, PortsToronto, Tel: (416) 863-2016, Cell: (647) 298-0585, E-mail: jbrailsford@portstoronto.com

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